This is a popularly arguable topic on the internet! Traditionally one would say that working more hours is a sign of discipline and commitment to the job.
But as society opens up on conversations regarding work ethics, mental health and working remotely during the pandemic, more people are beginning to discover some faults in our career mentalities and work processes. In this article, we’re here to share our piece of advice as a creative agency who has fortunately thrived in the face of remote working for almost a year. Happy sharing!
3 Tips To Planning Your Working Hours
1. Professional – Consider Results, Not Hours Spent: One of the biggest loopholes in a time-centric working model is that productivity is not ensured during this entire intensive 9-6 working schedule. So your work shouldn’t be measured by the time you spend in the office! Your results (which is a product of years of skill and expertise) should be the determiner of your success.
If you’re unlucky, it might not be easy getting your bosses and supervisors to develop the same mindset as you. You can overcome this by kick starting conversations on this topic within the office to make it less taboo and more open for possible considerations! Wake that influencer in you, slowly but surely.
2. Self Care – Establishing Work-Life Balance: Gen Z often face unhealthy societal pressures to perform better in their booming 20’s. It’s crowned the ‘prime age’ to work hard and reap more benefits for their future selves to enjoy. With this in mind, many develop an unhealthy sense of work-life balance, often sacrificing free time for productive sessions.
This is bad news! Putting in too much effort that you can’t handle will lead you to experiencing a faster burnout. When that happens, you’re likely to have a negative perception of your career during an age (or phase) where you’re supposed to be inspired and experimental. Take the time to understand whether you work better in energy bursts or in strict routines and plan your work around your lifestyle. Scheduling your free time is part of the hustle!
3. The Mix – Managing Persistent Clients: Learning how to say no to clients is an important skill to have if you want to secure that work-life balance. It’s a common misunderstanding that declining rushed projects reflects a negative impression that you’re a lazy worker. That’s why people often have trouble saying no to unrealistic deadlines! But lucky for you, here’s a quick 3-step tip to use with your clients as well as your colleagues to draw healthy boundaries whilst still keeping your professional image.
- Be honest: Vocalise your boundaries respectfully and be objective. Don’t be afraid to be transparent with your clients, just keep your excuses ‘professional’.
- Reassure your clients you’re on the same page: Let them know that you want the best for them too and that you’re working to provide the best end-result in the most efficient and reasonable way possible! This way they can trust you to deliver within your suggested deadline.
- Deliver as expected: Finally, deliver your promised outcome in the quality that they’d expect from someone who had a reasonable amount of time working on it.
Article written by Kyra Coleen, Head of Digital at CVP Group